Why didn't Moses simply tell Pharaoh, "Let my people go or you shall surely die!"


Clarify Share Report Asked May 31 2014 Mini Gary Creel

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Mini Terry Galloway Christ follower, Bible lover, mission of sharing the gospel
Moses was just a servant of God to do and say what God told him to do and say. God told Moses that He was going to harden Pharoah's heart and that he wouldn't listen to Moses. If you look through Exodus, I believe the word "harden" is there for at least eight times. The first is Exodus 4:21
And the Lord told Moses, “When you arrive back in Egypt, go to Pharaoh and perform all the miracles I have empowered you to do. But I will harden his heart so he will refuse to let the people go.

So why did God have Moses go to Pharoah who wouldn't be able to listen because of God's control over the hearts of men? All of the Lord's story as in the entire Bible is to bring glory to God. Pharoah's continuous refusal brings more glory to God that His will is what is done. He controls life and death. Exodus 14:4
And once again I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will chase after you. I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army. After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord!” So the Israelites camped there as they were told.

God accomplished the deliverance of His people which began with the Passover--the passing over of the angel of death on the homes which had obediently placed the blood of the spotless, sacrificial lamb over their doors- to the parting of the Red Sea to enable their escape. All this gives us evidence for Jesus Christ being the Messiah-The Lamb of God- who was crucified on Passover and whose blood covers those who believe and obey to depend on Christ alone for deliverance from sin. John the Baptist told everyone that Jesus was the Messiah-- John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

June 01 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Kenneth Heck
The threat is too weak. One man's death would not have changed the course of history. God hardened Pharaoh's heart so that all of Egypt would be humbled by the plagues and not be in a position to invade the land of Canaan, striving to reclaim the Israelites, for many years. The spiritual distinction between the Israelite and the Egyptian had to be made mightily because it had been de-emphasized while the Israelites were in Egypt. The Israelites needed some time to ingrain the new religion of Moses into their minds, hearts, and will. Even so, the Bible records the failures of the people during the Exodus to believe in God and their relationship with Him. 

Similarly, as Christians, we are told to come out of Mystery Babylon (Rev. 18:4) at the time of her judgment. So far, this judgment has yet to occur.

June 01 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report

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